Because of my busy schedule, I was able to make time to write anything the past couple days. So here’s two quick recaps.
Liverpool played really well against Aston Villa for pieces. It’s definitely an improvement from what they have been showing. Jonjo Shelvey was outstanding until he was replaced. Doni was semi in fault for Villa’s goal. Suarez got the goal for Liverpool after a mess inside the box. It would have to be Suarez.
The Blackburn match was different. I only saw the first half, so that’s all I can talk about in depth.
Maxi Rodriguez was phenomenal in the first 16 minutes, picking up two goals three minutes apart to put Liverpool ahead by two. They looked to be coasting away to victory.
Any Liverpool fan knows that nothing is that easy. Jon Flanagan was absolutely terrible in the time he was on the pitch. That was probably his final inclusion of the season too because Glen Johnson got over 50 minutes at left back. Flanagan’s back pass to someone was picked off and all Doni could do was go and try and take the ball. He missed the ball and tripped the player for a red card. Two goalkeepers out with red cards.
Brad Jones came in for Flanagan. The 30 year old, whose son died five months ago from leukemia and recently had another kid, saved the terrible penalty from Yakubu to keep Liverpool ahead by two.
Liverpool still controlled the match with Henderson playing right back for the time being. He looked very good and was probably man of the match.
But you can only play so long a man down and dominate. Yakubu made up for his terrible penalty and scored, completely unmarked, off a set piece caused by a hand ball by Bellamy (questionable call).
The next side of the half saw Jones almost see red in a random turn of events, and because Liverpool never can get anything easy these days. Jones failed to handle the ball, and dropped it right to the feet of a Blackburn player whose heavy touch brought far enough away, the red deemed Jones worthy of a yellow instead of a red when he tore down the player who only had to put the ball on net.
The second penalty was as poor as the first one by Yakubu, but Jones dove the wrong way, 2-2.
Liverpool stayed in the game, and even fought away some Blackburn attacks and Andy Carroll’s attempt at scoring an own goal. In the dying seconds, Carroll made up for a hell of a miss earlier, and got on the end of a ball by Daniel Agger to head past the Blackburn keeper, sending the traveling Kop into glee.
This will hopefully be a good sign of things to come on Saturday when Liverpool take on Everton in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley. Liverpool will be playing a third-string keeper, or the recently called back Peter Gulacsi.